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Windows 8 – Create a short cut on the desktop

In Windows 8, you can find programs or apps like Word by going to the Start screen, using the Down Arrow, and then browsing your list of Apps.  When you find the app you want, you can right click on it and choose to Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar.

If you would like an icon on your desktop, then right click on the app, and choose Open file location.  This opens an explorer window on the desktop. Now right click on your chosen app and choose Send to then choose Desktop (create shortcut).  You wlill now have an icon on your desktop for your chosen app.

Desktop shortcut to a web page

If there is a web site (or web page) that you use a lot – say Sainsbury’s, or Tesco’s or Ebay, you can add a shortcut for that place on to the desktop; next time you want to go there just double click the shortcut and away you go.

To create the shortcut in Internet Explorer (IE):

Open up IE, and navigate to the site, lets say Ebay.  At the top of the page in the ribbon there is a window which shows what page you are on – so once you’ve got to Ebay, it will say http://www.ebay.co.uk.  Just to the left of that, there is a tiny little symbol – for Ebay it’s a little multi-coloured shopping bag.  Click and drag this on to your desk top – it will create the shortcut for you.  (Different sites have different icons – Tesco have a T, Sainsbury an S and so on – the method is the same, click and drag the little icon to the desktop.)

To create the shortcut in Google Chrome:

If you use Google Chrome, at the top of the page on the ribbon on the right hand side you should have a spanner symbol.  Click on that, then click on Tools. (If Tools isn’t under the spanner symbol, see if there’s a symbol like a cog wheel, and click on that, then Tools.)  Then click on Create Application Shortcuts, and tick the box for desktop.  The shortcut is created.


Using TABs in Word

When you are writing a document in Word and you want to format some information in two columns, for example someone’s name, then their phone number, it is best to do this using TABs – much neater and easier than putting in spaces.  To set up your TAB, make sure you can see the ruler (if you can’t, click the View option then check the Ruler box), and look to see that the TAB icon is showing a left tab:

Using TABs

Check for the Left Tab

Now click on the base of the ruler at the position you want the TAB to be.
When you type in your names and numbers, make sure to use the Tab key on the keyboard after each name, to take you across to the starting point for the numbers.

Using TABs (2)

Using the Tab to align columns

If you want to move the tab, simply drag it along the ruler.  If the text is highlighted (selected) it will move too when you move the tab, so you can re-position your column.

If you want to remove your tab, drag it off the ruler.